We do not allow voters to use a paper ballot on demand. So, if people come into a polling place and demand a paper ballot, they will be denied this request. Paper ballots are only used in very special circumstances.
The Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC), as authorized by the Tennessee Code, requires that we use machines to vote. In 1958, the SCEC decided that Shelby County could no longer handle processing the volume of paper ballots generated when people voted on them. Since that time, in-person voting in Shelby County has been on machines.